Matt Weber, the taxi driver with a camera

NEW YORK From 1978 to 1990, Matt Weber drove a New York City taxi. It was during these years that he transitioned from being a taxi driver with a camera, to a photographer with a taxi, eventually taking up full-time the life of an artist. Now he never leaves the apartment without his Leica M6 (analog camera; yes, it means he scans the photos to publish them on his website) and goes on capturing moments of life, of street.

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URBAN ROMANCE | “Upper West Side” 1988

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URBAN ROMANCE | “Quiet Zone” 1989

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URBAN ROMANCE | “Midnight Kiss” 1989

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HOMELESS | “Sleeping Bear” 1990

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HOMELESS | “You’ve come a long way, baby” 1990

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GRAFFITI | “Crack is Wack! – Keith Haring” 1986

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GRAFFITI | “Mott Street” 1989

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URBAN WILD LIFE | “Pigeon Play” 1988

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TWIN TOWERS | “Hoboken” 1988

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“This is the picture of the world trade center which I like the most…”

OBAMA | Obama Ecstasy 2008

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“This has become one of my favorite images for obvious reasons…”

HARLEM | “Easter Sunday Harlem” 1988

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HARLEM | “Harlem Stoop” 1989

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CONEY ISLAND | “Parachute Jump” 1987

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SUBWAY | “Low High Five” 2013

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SUBWAY | “Subway Gaga” 2011

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“Sometimes you’re sitting on the fence. You don’t know if it’s worth it or not. The guy on the right is not a happy camper. Then he raises his hand to his face, and all of a sudden the impulse becomes too strong to ignore. It’s as involuntary as sneezing. He might object or much worse, but now the image looks so good, you no longer care about the consequences and you push the button, while hoping not to push his…”

PORTRAITS | “A Spectacle” 2004

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On 2004, Sanctuary Books publishes The Urban Prisoner: the first photo collection by Matt Webber in a book. On 2013, Dan Wechsler tells the love story between the street photography by Matt Webber and his New York City, in a documentary film titled More Than The Rainbow.

MORE THAN THE RAINBOW – TRAILER from Dan Wechsler on Vimeo.

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(Ex) Taxi Driver & Street Photographer: Matt Weber

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